REUSE > LOSS PREVENTION > LESS WASTE PRODUCTION > Key words when we speak of a circular economy. Gispen believes in these circular principles. We are convinced that well-designed, durable furniture is the starting point for a sustainable interior, creating benefits for all parties involved. Whether it concerns your working-, educational-, healthcare- or hospitality environment.
'Circular entrepreneurship puts an end to the rising levels of pollution and the exploitation of precious lands but also contributes to reducing worldwide social inequality'
The client’s thoughts
'Together we have embarked on a journey into the unknown. Working together with Gispen has given us the energy and inspiration to continue on this journey’
Circular economy explained
A brief outline: The ‘old’ economy is linear by design. We harvest raw materials which are then processed into products and disposed of when no longer needed. In a circular economy – as the name already suggests – we close the loops. The main idea behind the circular economy is that you reuse products whenever possible in order to prevent waste production, and doing so by means of innovative manufacturing and clever usage.
And now in more concrete terms.
1. We design our components in such a way that they can be reused at any point in the future. The steel legs of a desk, for example, which we repaint and adapt to fit a coffee table.
2. If a product is at the end of its lifecycle, we make sure that the residual materials are returned to nature in a non-polluting way or get recycled into usable materials. If a tabletop cannot be reused, we will shred its materials and manufacture a new wooden panel out of it.
If we do require new materials for a product, we use as many renewable and local materials as we can find. This is how Gispen–together with its partners, suppliers and clients–works toward a new and improved product cycle.
The circular economy is not a fantasy
The circular economy is not a fantasy. Many recent developments have made it possible to manufacture and consume in new ways. The two most important examples: reusing raw materials and doing so in a more cost-effective and efficient way. The general mindset of our time has also been a supportive factor.
Well-considered and more cost-effective
The earth’s raw materials are finite. After all, we only have one planet. Luckily, most of these materials can be reused. But before that times comes, Gispen will always consider its options of upgrading or repurposing a product.
Sustainability is symbolic to the time we live in. Companies include sustainable corporate objectives into their policy plans and governments encourage sustainable developments and circular procurements. Manufacturers, in turn, have become more aware of their societal significance. They have learned that conducting business not only entails making a profit, but that increasing sustainability, reducing usage and dealing with social inequality is just as important. Users and consumers, on the other hand, appreciate the quality and craftsmanship that is put in a product and favour usage over ownership.
The professional’s thoughts
Gispen is in a transition. REUSE > LOSS PREVENTION > LESS WASTE PRODUCTION > Key words when we speak of a circular economy. I believe in these circular principles. I am convinced that well-designed pieces of furniture, both new and used, are the starting point for a sustainable interior. We aim to prolong the lifecycle of products and we firmly believe that we need to take responsibility, based on well-considered agreements and the right incentive to close material loops. There is much to be gained!
A brief summary of the gains
We have opted for circular design, manufacturing and entrepreneurship. You will gain the following if you join us in our endeavour:
Benefits for your company
- High quality furniture
- Value retaining furniture
- Experience that ‘new’ feel, even when it concerns refurbished items
- Pay only for use
- Contribute to the environment
Benefits for your surroundings
- Eliminate raw material wastage
- Less eco-tax
- An increase of local employment opportunities
‘Our longlist for office furnishers consisted of one name only’
‘A challenging vision of form translated into a circular furnishing’
'We think with you about the question behind the question'
Circular furnishing and entrepreneurship. Reuse. Value retention. Less waste production. Interested?
‘When you ask questions new questions will arise, and new questions after that’
The circular economy framework will remove any uncertainties or doubts regarding rules and regulations.